By Denis J. Croke
Laois find themselves embroiled in the relegation scrap after losing their third game this year’s national league. As in previous it was largely their wastefulness in front of goal that lands them in this unsatisfactory position.
Laois got off to the best of possible starts when Evan O’Carroll raised a white flag inside 30 seconds. And while the O’Moores were looking lively it was Kildare who were doing all the scoring and by the tenth minute held a three point lead.
Evan O’Carroll reduced the deficit with a great points but it was only a temporary reprieve. We went scoreless for six minutes, three either side of the water-break Kildare added two to make it a four point game
Laois kept battling and a brace of Gary Walsh frees took the bad look off the scoreboard but still Kildare swept forward. Kevin Flynn put three between the sides before Luke Flynn was left with a simple tap in from Paul Cribbin’s pass to leave Kildare leading by 1-7 to 0-4 at the break.
Just as a week previous Laois were very wasteful in front of goal shooting seven wides and at last six of those should have been scores.
The sides evenly shared four points in the opening five minutes of the new half, the Laois brace coming from Gary Walsh.
If they hadn’t been ringing already the alarms bells were going for Laois a minute later when Kevin Flynn sliced through the Laois defence to slot the ball under Corbett for Kildare’s second goal.
Gary Walsh was to score Laois’s first goal of the national league when he took the best pass he got all evening, that from Kevin Flynn’s misdirected free kick, and rattled Mark Donnellan’s net.
But in the remaining 30 minutes of play Laois would score only two further point through Eoin Lowry and Walsh (free) while Kildare kept the scoreboard ticking over to deservedly win by 12 points.
Kildare: Jimmy Hyland (0-1 mark, 0-1f) and Neil Flynn (0-3fs) 0-4 each, Kevin Flynn (1-1), Aaron Masterson and Shane O’Sullivan (0-1f) 0-3 each, Luke Flynn (1-0), Brian McLoughlin, Fergal Conway and Kevin Feely 0-1 each
Laois: Gary Walsh 1-5 (0-4fs), Evan O’Carroll 0-2, Eoin Lowry 0-1
KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Mark Dempsey, Mick O’Grady, Eoin Doyle; Kevin Flynn, David Hyland, Ryan Houlihan; Luke Flynn, Kevin Feely; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Neil Flynn; Jimmy Hyland, Darragh Kirwan, Brian McLoughlin.
Subs: Aaron Masterson for Feely (h/t), Shane O’Sullivan for McLoughlin (48m), Alan Beirne for Kirwan (51m), Paddy Brophy for N. Flynn (58m),
LAOIS: Niall Corbett; Robert Pigott, Mark Timmons, Gareth Dillon; Seamus Lacey, Patrick O’Sullivan, Alan Farrell; Kieran Lillis, John O’Loughlin; Paul Kingston, Eoin Lowry, Danny O’Reilly; Brian Byrne, Gary Walsh, Evan O’Carroll.
Subs: Brendan Carroll for O’Reilly (h/t), Mark Barry for Kingston (49m), Eoin Buggie for O’Sullivan (54m), Brian Daly for Byrne (57m), Finbar Crowley (57m), Sean Byrne for O’Loughlin (63m), Ross Munnelly for Walsh (63m)